in which I swipe some questions

Once again, Maggie has posted some great questions, and once again I’m swiping them.:-) (I wasn’t tagged in the blog hop, so I’m not tagging, but feel free to take them yourself.)

1. What am I currently working on?

A story, which I talked about here.

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

With the mystery stories, I think they are unusual because my detective character is rather stylized, very consciously (and self-consciously) modeled on 20th century fictional detectives like Philo Vance, Nero Wolfe, and Ellery Queen, but she lives in a rather ramshackle and informal milieu — sort of like if Sir Henry Merrivale had wandered into a Robert Altman movie.

My most recent story, Stevie One, had a very YA-ish plot (a teenage girl runs away from home, falls in with bad companions, goes to the big city, and ends up doing something extraordinary with her life), but I’ve never classified it as YA because it’s got some elements that readers may not want in their YA stories (smoking, lesbians, transvestites, more smoking) and it’s missing some elements that readers have probably been trained to expect (not only is there not a romantic triangle, but the protag has no romance at all).

3. What do I write what I do?

Because it’s what I think is entertaining, and because, as an amateur, I don’t have to worry about fitting myself into current marketing categories.

4. How does my writing process work?

Largely by feel, at this point. I work on each section, revising and editing and proofing and listening to it out loud, until it feels done. Then I post it and move on to the next section.

With the current story, I knew as I was going along that something was missing, but I kept going, figuring that it would become clear as I got further along.

Which it did, when I realized what it needed: interchapters. Which I’ll talk about next time.

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